Publisher: G. Schirmer
Moscow, Cheryomushki (1959), 105
available in the USA, Canada and Mexico only
Libretto by V. Massa and M. Chervinsky.
Dmitri Shostakovich Estate
Opera and Music Theatre
2 Hours 40 Minutes
2 Sopranos, Mezzo Soprano, Tenor, 3 Baritones, Bass, singing actress, singing actor, 4 Sopranos, 3 Mezzo Sopranos, 2 Tenors, 2 Basses
In late 1950s Moscow, a smart new block of apartments has been built and everyone is desperate to live there. Newly-weds Sasha and Masha, Lidochka Baburov with her friend Boris, an explosives expert and chauffeur Sergei and his crane-driving girlfriend Lyusya all dream of having a place of their own. While keys are withheld from their rightful owners, Lyusya lifts Boris and Lidochka up to their new home in her crane. And as Sasha and Masha host a house-warming party, government official Drebednyov, who illegally plans to knock two apartments into one for his ambitious new wife, comes bursting through the neighbouring wall. But the residents find away of exposing all the corruption and the wrong-doers are defeated, leaving everyone else to live happily ever after.